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Ex-Bucs Man Sent Strong Message After Egypt Move

A former Orlando Pirates attacker has been told what he needs to do following his recent move to the Egyptian Premier League.

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Justin Shonga, 24, last week secured a move to Egyptian side Ismaily following spells at Pirates, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Cape Town City in the DStv Premiership.

Zambia head coach Beston Chambeshi has now commented on the striker's move, saying he believes Shonga will need to prove he still has what it takes to play professional football.

"I think it is a good move for the young man and all I can say for now is he has to redeem himself because playing in Egypt is not an easy thing," he said, according to African Football

"All that he needs to do is prove himself and to work hard if he plans to make a name there.

"I know there is a lot of competition and we have seen some Zambians failing to make a name in Egypt, but it is up to Shonga himself to prove that he still has football in his legs."

He continued by suggesting Shonga will immediately be under pressure to succeed considering he has joined the club from another country.

"But it is good to see our players in such a big league like Egypt and all I can say is that he was once in South Africa where he learnt one or two things but playing in North Africa, you have to really prove yourself," Chambeshi added.

"His teammates there will want to see what value he will add to their club as a foreign player.

"Overall, it is all about discipline playing in a foreign country and you have to conduct yourself well so that you maintain your name and that of your country.

"Otherwise, all I can say is let him be himself and show his true colours, that he still has football in his legs."

Check the gallery below for some of Shonga's best lockdown looks! 

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